A Sim­ple Favour

Empire (UK) - - ON SCREEN - Bt


OUT 21 SEPTEM­BER / CERT 15 / 117 mins

DI­REC­TOR Paul Feig

CAST Anna Ken­drick, Blake Lively, Henry Gold­ing, Ian Ho, Joshua Sa­tine, An­drew Ran­nells

DI­REC­TOR PAUL FEIG’S first post-ghost­busters movie is an odd beast. Based on a Gone Girl-style novel, it was billed as a rug-pulling thriller, but ul­ti­mately it’s Feig’s com­edy in­stincts that shine through, and to the film’s detri­ment. The hook is sim­ple: what hap­pened to Emily (Lively)? She goes miss­ing af­ter ask­ing but­toned-up vlog­ger Stephanie (Ken­drick) to pick her child up from school. The two leads are on fine form as po­lar op­po­sites who’d be­come un­likely best friends, but it suf­fers from an in­con­sis­tent tone, es­pe­cially in the fi­nale, which ditches any at­tempt a sweaty-palmed ten­sion in favour of in­creas­ingly broad hu­mour.

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